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Fork tender meatballs loaded with parmesan and fresh shredded mozzarella for ultimate cheesy goodness.

Cheesy Mozzarella Meatballs with Fresh Linguine

Fork tender cheesy mozzarella meatballs are easy to prepare and gluten free.  A gooey twist on a traditional classic that's perfectly paired with pasta or can be served as an appetizer.
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Keyword cheesy meatball appetizer, cheesy meatballs, meatballs and pasta, mozzarella meatballs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 742kcal
Author Lauren


  • 1 ½ lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup whole milk mozzarella freshly grated
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pure ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup parsley chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 to 6 cups marinara or pomodoro sauce
  • 1 pound linguine pasta fresh or gluten free


  • Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.  Mix throughly using a rubber spatula or your hands.
  • Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop about 1 tablespoon of mix and roll into a ball.  Place on parchment paper, about ½ inch apart.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until meatballs reach 165°F internal temperature.
  • If serving alongside pasta, prepare the pasta per package instructions while the meatballs bake.  In a sauce pan, warm pomodoro sauce (or your favorite pasta sauce) over low heat - 4 cups will lightly coat the sauce and meatballs, 6 cups will provide extra.  Once meatballs and pasta are both cooked transfer to the sauce and sauté together.  Serve family style or plate on individual plates.


  • It's highly recommended to freshly grate the mozzarella.  While you can definitely substitute the pre-shredded mozzarella it doesn't get quite as melty and gooey as the stuff you grate yourself.
  • I always, always salt my pasta water.  It add flavor and depth to the pasta.  About 1 to 2 teaspoons is sufficient.


Calories: 742kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 2017mg | Potassium: 1336mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1338IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 266mg | Iron: 6mg